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Poster: hugo1000faces Date: Mar 22, 2004 11:39am
Forum: prelinger Subject: My current method for putting Prelinger films on DVD

I see several threads expressing difficulty in getting these wonderful films onto DVD, so I just thought I'd share the method I've settled on (for now.)

After trying a number of techniques using Final Cut Pro, and iDVD, I've found that the fastest and easiest method (for me, using a Mac) is to use the program DVD Studio Pro 2.

Here it is...

1. Download desired films as editable mpeg4 files.
(I find I can get 4-7 films on each DVD depending on their length.)

2. Open DVD Studio Pro and simply import the mpeg4s just as they are.

3. Set up a quick custom menu and buttons and connect the 'assets' (films) to the right buttons (once you do this a few times it goes pretty fast)

4. (optional) I like to adjust the "connections" so that as soon as one film ends the next automatically starts. I make a continuous loop so that the DVD will just keep playing forever if I let it.

5. After testing it using the simulator, hit 'build and format.'

6. After a while, you can grab your DVD and enjoy.

If I'm being picky (but not picky enough to get into Final Cut), I'll first open the mpeg4s in Quicktime Pro and give a little boost to the brightness and color and such, and sometimes I'll delete a few dead frames at the beginning of the films. Then I save them as self-contained .mov files and then I go through the same process I listed above.

I hope you folks find this helpful!

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Poster: Roland Deschain Date: Mar 23, 2004 6:07pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: My current method for putting Prelinger films on DVD

I'd just prior to this made a post myself about trouble I'd had getting these films onto DVD (which I've resolved since thankfully).

I use mpeg2, which fit a lot nicer onto a DVD than mpeg4 would; for instance the first one I've done contains 16 films (some of which are quite long).

All I do is

a) Download them.
b) Import them into DVD-Lab, which automatically demuxes them (or run them through MPEG-VCR if they are encrypted).
c) Design fancy menus and burn disc.
d) Enjoy them on the big screen =)

I don't mess with dead frames etc as (for myself anyway) it detracts from the feeling of the films.

I can really recommend DVD-Lab though, even just for menu creation it's far better than I've encountered in other DVD creation software.

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Poster: Marysz Date: Mar 22, 2004 12:56pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: My current method for putting Prelinger films on DVD

What were your problems with iDVD?

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Poster: hugo1000faces Date: Mar 22, 2004 1:13pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: My current method for putting Prelinger films on DVD

I didn't have any real "problems" with iDVD, it's just that it took me longer because I was using it in conjunction with Final Cut Pro, plus there aren't as many options available.
Also, for some reason I couldn't fit as much information on each DVD using iDVD as I can with DVD Studio Pro 2, and I wasn't able to make the DVD loop either. But I do indeed have several DVDs of Prelinger films that I made using iDVD, and they ain't too shabby.

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